Abdus Samee Khan, Ghana
Daboase is a small town in the Western Region of Ghana, where Jamaat Ahmadiyya established a hospital in 1993. No other hospital existed in the whole Wassa district then.
Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih Vaa, during his tour to Ghana, visited this hospital.
Under the auspices of Majlis Nusrat Jehan, different doctors have been serving in this hospital, and from 2001, Dr Muhammad Ibrahim and his wife Dr Shamaila (gynecologist) are serving in this hospital. Ghana government ranked it a district hospital in 2004.
New and modern facilities have been added in the hospital this year, and for this purpose, an inaugural ceremony was held on 5 May to inaugurate the new building and its equipment. Amir Jamaat Ghana, Nur Muhammad Bin Saleh Sahib inaugurated the event with an address and prayer.
The new two-storey building was constructed at a short distance from the hospital. The ground floor was constructed by Ghana Jamaat with an amount of 100,000 Ghanaian Cedis whereas its upper floor was funded by Humanity First. A laboratory and doctor’s consultation room is situated on the ground floor whereas the upper floor consists of a conference room, guest house and doctor’s residence.
New facilities which have been provided by Ghana Jamaat totalling $150,000 include x-ray, colposcopy, endoscopy and ultrasound (a new machine to the already functioning equipment) units.
Among the guests were members of the national amila (Jamaat body), missionaries and government officials from medical department. Officials consisted of Health Service Administrator, Director of Ghana Health Service, Members of Parliament, Regional Minister, and local Chief.
50 beds were donated to the hospital by the officials and they promised to provide skillful doctors as well as to help in various financial difficulties that may arise. After the remarks of respected guests, Ameer Sahib formally inaugurated the building by cutting the ribbon, unveiling the plaque and leading the silent prayer. The guests visited the building after which lunch was served to all.
Dr Muhammad Ibrahim reported that whereas the hospital earlier had the capacity of 27 beds, now it could accommodate 100 beds. An eye clinic will also commence with the arrival of an eye specialist soon.